Found this fascinating. While the story is told from Anne's point of view, it's also an adroit study of Charles Lindbergh ("Lucky Lindy), his effect on our nation and the world, while he struggled with his own private demons, ever increasing fame and decreasing privacy. Socially awkward, happiest when flying or with tinkering with machines, he's a man with a dark side, his own rules of right and wrong, no matter the cost. The protagonist, Anne, (the daughter of an ambassador, kind and highly intelligent, a graduate of Smith College), meets Lindbergh soon after his famous solo transatlantic flight and is powerfully drawn to him, a true hero in her mind and heart.
He was the most famous man in the world for many years and the author well illustrates the pros and cons he and Anne dealt with because of that. Like the very most famous people today, they couldn't leave their home without the paparazzi all over them. Wherever they went, every aspect of their life was dissected and the daily fodder for each and every newspaper and magazine. They craved privacy and found their truest escape in the sky, flying all over the world together. Anne became an accomplished aviatrix in her own right and was her husband's "crew." Enjoyed learning about all they did during that time.
At first I disliked how much Anne put herself down, i.e., questioning how she, of all people, was the one Lindbergh chose to marry. However, as the book moved along, her insecurities helped me to understand why she would do anything and everything Charles asked (demanded, really), even when it went against her own beliefs/feelings and best instincts (for example, Lindbergh's open antisemitism).
Anne's strength and her own convictions grow over the years, through the trials and tribulations she endures (most horrifically, the kidnapping...and the awful aftermath...of their first son, Charles, Jr., only 20 mos. old) throughout their long marriage, as she raises their surviving 5 children, mostly on her own...often not knowing where her husband is in the world. It's incredibly gratifying when Anne begins to blossom and comes into her own as a successful author ("Gift from the Sea") and independent woman, no longer cowered by her husband's authority or craving his approval. I felt like cheering.
If you like historical fiction...or even if you don't...this is a great "read."
Narrator: At first I didn't like the narrator, as I wanted a younger, softer voice to listen to...once I realized the story is is being told from the perspective of an elderly Anne, I fell into the rhythm of her voice and ended up liking her very much. That's saying a lot, because narration is one of my pet peeves. I've bought hundreds of audio books and have learned that poor narration can kill a good story faster than anything else.
No, I don't usually listen to a book more than once.
When the main character, Zoe, sings a song at the top of her voice, which is filled with her teenage client's added expletives. Good belly laugh!
Hm, I'll have to go with three...Zoe, Vanessa and Lucy.
Why, why, did Ms. Picoult feel the need to add music tracks to this audio book?!! The songs are horrible and distracting. I started fast forwarding through all of them, which helped a lot.
Picoult's wonderful, detailed writing, her amazing storytelling abilities.
There were quite a few, can't narrow it down to one. Some of my favorite parts were when Amelia, the older daughter, narrates her scenes.
She has a great voice for narration...does a good job.
Almost...a lot of emotional intensity to digest, so taking breaks worked for me.
I'm impressed with how Picoult can have very unlikeable characters in her books, yet she makes you care about what happens to them. Charlotte's character (the mother), could be very frustrating in my opinion. But Picoult made me care about her...what a talent.
Wish the ending had been different. Thought it was overkill to end it the way she did.
Not sure about this one...certainly would recommend the previous books in the series, they were much better.
Not as smoothly written as her previous novels. Her Will Trent books usually keep me on the edge of my seat, never a dull moment. I found my attention wandering at times, which has never happened before while listening to this series. It felt a bit disjointed and too much time spent on characters' romantic musings and struggles. Couldn't sink my teeth into it, as much as I wanted to.
Not one in particular.
Less misunderstandings and emotional drama.
Hope Ms. Slaughter gets back into fighting form in her next Will Trent book.
Was really hoping to like this book. Maybe I was spoiled by reading The Da Vinci Code before any of his other books. Even though it wasn't a great literary tome, the Code was fast paced, with good twists and turns and an interesting core tale.
This book is so predictable that I guessed every single plot angle and mystery before they were revealed by the author. Some of the content was nearly laughable and I rolled my eyes throughout a lot of it. The narrator was okay. Found myself thinking of other things while the book was read. Couldn't even finish the book (though I'm sure I guessed the end anyway).
Very interesting and thought provoking. Once again, Stephen King's characters are what makes him one of the best storytellers out there. Not on the same level of greatness as the The Stand, or some of his other beauties, but still well worth the listen.
Bought this because it was the first in the series and had seen "Breath of God" (2nd or 3rd book in the series) hyped all over the place, so thought I would give it a try. It seems as though it's written for tweens, couldn't even get through Part 1.
The only good thing about this confusing stream of consciousness was the voice of Shadow. Probably because he sounds just like Vin Diesel.
Having purchased countless books from Audible, I should know by now that when there are more than a couple of reviews stating the narration is awful on a book, I should pay attention! I LOVE Lisa Gardner, was hoping for the best, despite previous reviews stating the narration by Anna Fields is awful. Sadly, I have to agree. Her monotone, deadpan voice ruined any desire to keep listening before the second chapter was half-way through. I really wanted and tried to take in the story, but my mind kept wandering, as her voice nearly put me to sleep. I've purchased other Lisa Gardner audible books, narrated by other people, which are awesome, riveting, fantastic.
Spell-binding, beautifully executed. Heart-wrenching and heart-warming, with sparks of great humor intertwined throughout the story. Perfect twists and turns, always another story behind a story, making for a great plot and interesting characters. Characters are richly and lovingly described, making them all so easy to care about. Loved the medical aspect as well. Also, very importantly, GREAT NARRATION. Without good narration, any story, even an excellent one, can be rendered frustrating and non-listenable (which unfortunately, I've run across a few times with my Audible purchases). Not so here. Great story, great narration, a winning combination!
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